It wasn’t anything shocking or unexpected.
The Alonzo Mourning High School football team has been awful all season long and when the Miami Springs Golden Hawks made the trip over to North Miami Stadium last week to take on the Sharks, a lopsided Springs victory was expected and that’s exactly what the Hawks delivered.
Thanks to big nights from quarterback Gerald Anderson, running back Darryel Bethune Jr. and receiver David Bradley, Springs cruised to a 42-2 victory to move their record to 7-2.
And while the win might have been just what the doctor ordred for the Hawks, it still might’ve felt a little bit empty based on the two weeks leading up to the game.That’s because Springs was undefeated at 6-0 with two crucial district showdown games against American and Mater Academy and not only did they drop both contests to very quickly get eliminated from playoff contention, but lost by decisive margins in each contest.
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“Yeah, I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I had to work hard all week to keep their heads up,” said head coach Darryel Bethune Sr. “But I thought the kids did a good job of coming out and taking care of the business they had to take care of against Mourning. Even though we’re not going to the playoffs, we kind of needed to wash our mouths out of those two tough losses and at least start feeling good about ourselves again.”
Springs did so thanks mainly to great play from plenty of players, led by the coaches’ son, Bethune Jr. who finished the night with 133 yards on 16 carries and a pair of four yard touchdown runs including one in the first two minutes of the game to stake the Hawks to an early 7-0 lead.
Anderson only completed 6-of-14 passes but they were all big paydays as three of the six completions went for touchdowns of 29 yards to Jahwon Howard and 46 and 56 yards to Bradley whose one other catch for 33 yards gave him a three-catch, 135 yard, two touchdown night. Anderson finished with 218 yards through the air and did not throw an interception.
Speaking of interceptions, Myron Morris scored his fifth pick of the season, which tied him for the county lead. He picked one off early in the game right after the Hawks had grabbed that 7-0 lead and it set up the first of Anderson’s three scoring passes when he found Howard from 29 yards out a few plays later.
But, as we indicated, Mourning is hardly a bench mark for greatness. The Sharks fell to 1-8 on the season and the one win was over 0-9 Westland Hialeah which has scored seven points all season.
“They’re having a tough year and struggling so we felt going in that we would pretty much be able to do what we needed to do,” said Bethune Sr. “The big game for us is coming up this week. We’re 7-2 and want to go into the offseason with a win that maybe we can hang our hat on.”
Bethune speaks of his team’s 2014 regular season finale this Thursday, Nov. 6 at Tropical Park when the Hawks take on a 6-3 Ferguson, a team that stunned district-leading Belen Jesuit last week and was involved in a three-way tiebreaker for a playoff spot this past Monday night at Tropical with Belen and Southwest.
“They’re a very good football team with a winning record and it will represent a challenge for us,” said Bethune Sr. “We could sure use a quality win against a really good football team like Ferguson.”
He’s right about the “good team” part.
The only two teams Springs has played this year with winning records were the two losses to American and Mater.
The seven wins? Heading into the final week of the regular season, those seven teams all have losing records with a combined record of 14-48.